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Anxiety and Stress 

Modern life is such that we have many things to worry about and it would be impossible to lead a life completely free of stress and anxiety at all times. Some stress is good – it enables sports people to motivate themselves to practice and excel, and it heightens responses and awareness of danger for those engaged in challenging and difficult jobs.  However when stress becomes constant, it stops helping us perform and function and starts to prevent us from functioning normally. Unmanaged anxiety and worrying can eventually result in physical symptoms such as panic attacks and unpleasant physical symptoms; it can prevent you doing things that you would consider normal activities such as driving the car, going to the supermarket for some shopping or meeting friends in a busy pub or restaurant.  

Anxiety can lead to panic attacks which cause a range of frightening physical symptoms such as racing heart, and breathing difficulties which can be very unpleasant for the sufferer as they may feel at the time life threatening. Experiencing these can lead the person to feel it is best to avoid all causes stress in case it happens again.  

There are many ways in which you can learn to manage anxiety and stress and regain a sense of control over your worries. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can provide you with strategies to manage the physical effects and new ways of thinking to reduce the impact of anxiety on your life.